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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 7, 2013 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Matrix Is Pune-Tastic Indeed (originally post this just to trump the spamtastic crap, but it is now clean, so you may ignore if so desired)

Hi BD,

We're going to see this tonight. I am not a huge Mark Hummel fan, but chances to see Charlie Baty play live have become few and far between. Should be a good time.

"Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout 2013 – Jimmy Reed Tribute

This may be the greatest collection of blues stars ever presented on the Big Room stage. Since it’s a tribute to Jimmy Reed, harp players are paramount: Lazy Lester, the last of the Louisiana Swamp Blues masters; Kim Wilson, founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and considered to be among the greatest harmonica players (and singers) of his generation; Rick Estrin, co-founder of Little Charlie & the Nightcats, a perennial Big Room favorite; and Mark Hummel, a specialist in West Coast Blues. Hummel has released 18 albums and CDs. His energy and dedication to the instrument fuels these shows.

The collection of guitarists makes this Blues Blowout unique. Little Charlie Baty, the other co-founder of Little Charlie & the Nightcats, boasts years of experience backing harp players. Charlie will be joined by Big Room favorite Joe Louis Walker—the makings of a rare evening. And if that wasn’t enough, they’ll share the stage with guitar slinger Ron Thompson, the legendary Bay Area guitar master and founder of Ron Thompson & the Resisters.

Rounding out the musical cast will be bassist RW Grigsby and famed Texas drummer Wes Starr. This bottom-end duo has backed some of the greatest blues acts in the business. Join us for a very special tribute to Jimmy Reed. Have a blues lover in your family? Consider this show for an exciting holiday gift."

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 7, 2013 1:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Matrix Is Pune-Tastic Indeed (originally post this just to trump the spamtastic crap, but it is now clean, so you may ignore if so desired)

That should be a good time - Joe Louis Walker is cool. Have fun (as I know you will).

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 8, 2013 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Harmonica Blowout Report

Last night, the eve of Amanda's 11th birthday, we all(Mr. & Mrs. Flow, Amanda our daughter, Riley, our son named after a fairly famous blues-boy, along with Grammy and Grampy)attended Mark Hummel's Harmonica Blowout at Sierra Nevada Brewery. We arrived quite early and enjoyed the buffet dinner. Both kids were restless and Riley was whining. You see, the 2 kids have been to many bluegrass fests and I think they were both expecting acoustic music. HA!.

After Hummel surrendered the stage to Rick Estrin and Little Charlie Baty, my kids perked-up. Before long all 6 of us were standing/dancing at Charlie's feet watching him make magic through that big, gold, hollow-body Gibson. Little Riley(age 7) went from "How long???", to "Dad, I'm having so much fun!!!".

The icing on the cake and the final step to Amanda becoming a full-fledged blues fan happened when, at the shows end, Charlie reached in to his pocket and handed her a guitar pick.

BD, you are so right. Joe Lewis Walker is one cool dude. He was smiling and winking at the kids and obviously enjoyed their presence.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 8, 2013 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Harmonica Blowout Report

Cool. Glad to hear it. What a blast for you and yours and there's nothing better than being able to enjoy live musical events as a family, which I also think is a great educational/socialization deal for kids. I know my 11-year old is a lot more comfortable and interactive with adults, and a bit more "street wise", due to all the shows she's attended (and now works).

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